Roeder wants Chopra decision
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Boss Glenn Roeder wants under-employed striker Michael Chopra's future sorted out.
Boss Glenn Roeder wants under-employed striker Michael Chopra's future sorted out as soon as possible.
Championship sides Barnsley and Cardiff City have both moved for the 22-year-old Newcastle United forward, but Roeder has not yet given up hope of keeping the out-of-contract England Under-21 international.
Chopra was limited to just six Premiership starts in the last campaign and had looked surplus to requirements on Tyneside, before Roeder came in with an attempt to keep him.
The manager understands the quandary Chopra finds himself in, with strong competition for first team football from Michael Owen, Shola Ameobi and £9.5 million Albert Luque, but is desperate to keep the young attacker contracted to The Magpies.
"Michael has an offer and I just hope he can make his decision quickly so that all parties know where they stand. I would be quite happy if Michael decided to stay," Roeder told The Journal in Newcastle.
"Michael has improved throughout the season, he has been blooded and he needs to be playing men's football now.
"If he stays, maybe there will be an opportunity for him to go out on loan, we will have to see.
"He will be waiting to see what offers come in from other clubs. He is a good lad to work with and, because of his attitude, he will continue to do well over the years."
Chopra could be tempted to return to Oakwell after a successful loan spell at Barnsley in the 2004/05 season, but The Bluebirds provide a real alternative as Dave Jones looks to replace hit-man Cameron Jerome at Ninian Park.
Roeder may look to Holland international team-mates - Feyenoord's Dirk Kuyt or Manchester United's Ruud van Nistelrooy - to strengthen the attack, should Chopra decide to move on.